Interview with Sophie Maslow, 1978

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Interview with Sophie Maslow, 1978
Maslow, Sophie (Interviewee)
De Mille, Agnes (Interviewer)

Dance Audio Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1978-03-08
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-1632
Graham, Martha
Horst, Louis
Hawkins, Erick
Martha Graham Dance Company
Deaths and entrances (Choreographic work : Graham)
American document (Choreographic work : Graham)
Oral histories
Content: Title supplied by cataloger.
Venue: Recorded by Agnes de Mille 1978 New York (N.Y.)
Funding: The conservation and cataloging of this recording was made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The support of the National Endowment for the Arts is also gratefully acknowledged.
Acquisition: Gift Agnes de Mille
Content: Streaming audio file 1 (approximately 32 minutes). Sophie Maslow speaks with Agnes de Mille about her time at the Neighborhood Playhouse where she first met Martha Graham and first saw her perform, in Irene Lewisohn's dance set to [Ernst] Bloch's symphony Israel; studying with Graham and Louis Horst at Graham's studio; earning her living with odd jobs and teaching; Graham as a teacher including her evident talent; [Agnes de Mille speaks about her relationship with Graham during this period]; Maslow speaks about Graham's apparent self-confidence in class and rehearsals; Graham's creative process; her work Deaths and entrances including her and Jane [Dudley's] contribution to their roles; Graham's American document; the difficulty of reconstructing Graham's early works; the Cuba tour, in 1941; working with Louis Horst [ends abruptly but continues on streaming file 2].
Content: Streaming audio file 2 (approximately 28 minutes). Sophie Maslow speaks with Agnes de Mille about Louis Horst as a teacher including his bluntness; Martha Graham as a critic of Horst's work including as compared with her more constructive approach to her dancers' compositions; Horst's teaching of modern forms; Graham's musical choices; Erick Hawkins including as a dancer and as a choreographer; Graham's talks to her dancers; Graham's classes as being based on what interested her at the time; the Graham dancers' development of a certain body type; Graham's solitary nature; Graham's public image and her private image of herself.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 1 hr.) : quarter-track; 1.78 ips
Sound quality is good. The recording is marred by slight "tape hiss," but for the most part, the speakers' voices are clear and easily intelligible.
Interview with Sophie Maslow conducted by Agnes de Mille on March 8, 1978, in New York, as part of her research for her biography of Martha Graham entitled Martha: The Life and Work of Martha Graham- A Biography (1991).
Type of Resource
Sound recording
RLIN/OCLC: 35217041
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12494239
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 71eb3040-c314-0133-dd73-60f81dd2b63c
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  • 1978: Created
  • 2018: Digitized
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Sophie Maslow" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1978.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Sophie Maslow" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed October 14, 2019.

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Interview with Sophie Maslow